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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Macon, GA

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being co-sponsored by A. Kelley Neal, Esq., and the International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch. This is a fundraiser and community event for the benefit of Georgia Legal Services Program - Macon.

The program will be held at:

Real Life Church
2491 Gray Highway
Macon, GA 31211

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on five areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


8:00-9:00 Registration


  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 - Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 - Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 - ESY, Child Find, LRE, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 - Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent US Supreme Court Cases, OCR, USDOJ

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00 Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee
Individual $115
Professional (CLE credit and CEUs included) $150

Conference fee includes lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. Every participant will also receive a booklet with information regarding state specific forms, information, etc.

Click here to register online.

Credits: 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits are approved through the State Bar of Georgia. 5.5 CEUs (continuing education units) are approved through the Georgia Southern University's continuing education program.

Refund Policy: Cancellations or refund request received on or before Friday, January 25, 2019 will be honored less $35. In lieu of a refund, substitutions are permitted on or before February 20, 2019. Contact A. Kelly Neal at 478-731-6779 or by email akellyneal777@gmail.com

Special Needs Accomodations: If a sign language interpreter/spanish speaker, etc., or other accommodation is needed please contact A. Kelly Neal at 478-731-6779 or by email akellyneal777@gmail.com no later than January 25, 2019.

Scholarships: Scholarships open to Georgia alternative High School students ages 15-19. Free admission to the event for student and one parent. Free lunch for student and a parent and a free set of books. Scholarship receipients will be notified on Friday, February 8, 2019. Download the flyer for additional information.

Sponsorship Ads: Sponsorship ads are available for purchase: Full page (8-1/2 x 11) $300, One Half page (8-1/2 x 5-1/2 or 4-1/4 x 11) $175 or One Quarter page (5-1/2 x 4-1/4) $90. Click here for additional information and order form.

Questions? Contact A. Kelly Neal by telephone 478-731-6779 by fax 478-751-6581 or by email akellyneal777 |at| gmail.com

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for a map and directions to the Real Life Church.


Parking is available and free. The Macon Transit Authority (MTA) has a stop 0.4 miles from the venue.

Local Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Riverside-Inn (7.0 miles to the venue)

Burke Mansion (5.0 miles to the venue)

Macon Marriott City Center (4.7 miles to the venue)

Click here for a list of local hotels.


Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
(approximately 85 miles to venue)

Airport Transportation:
Groome Transportation (shuttle from Atlanta Airport to Macon).

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